Morning Fruit Bread
Stollen – a traditional German yeast bread
– may be wrapped in cellophane with a pretty wire bow and presented as a
thoughtful and festive Christmas gift. Fiori di Sicilia flavoring adds the
delicate aroma of flowers, citrus and vanilla and can be ordered from
1. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir
in the raisins, fruit and water and simmer for a minute. Remove from heat
and let this mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the fruit to soften.
and water and simmer for a minute. Remove from heat
2. Stir in the milk, sugar, eggs, yeast, 1 ½
cups flour and Fiori di Sicilia.
3. In an extra large bowl, sift the 2 ½ cups
flour, salt, cloves,
cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Stir in the yeast/fruit
mixture to form a soft dough.
4. Flour a large breadboard and knead the dough for 2 minutes.
Cover with a
5. Turn the oven on to 200˚. When you can feel the heat on your
hand, turn the oven off. Set the dough in the oven to rise for
1 ½ hours.
6. Punch the dough down and divide in half. Roll each piece into
7. Set each piece on a baking sheet and fold one third of the
longest side of the dough up over itself. Let the loaves
rise for 1 hour.
8. Bake in a 350˚ oven for 20 minutes. Once you have removed
the bread, you can toast the almonds for 2–3 minutes.
9. Make a decorative icing by mixing the confectioner’s sugar,
and sprinkle with
To Serve: Slice bread and toast in a toaster. Serve with butter
Makes 2 large loaves